Last week I decided, while in my gym routine, to try a run. I hadn’t been running in about a month or so since my tarsal tunnel flared up and we discovered I have tendonitis on top of it. But I figured I’d given them enough rest to try a run again. I ran a mile on the treadmill and carried on with the rest of my workout.
The run wasn’t too bad, although my ankles were tingly afterward, I expected much more pain than what I had. So, this week I decided to try a run again. I ran two miles before carrying on with the rest of my gym routine.
That was Thursday night. By Friday night, not only were my ankles completely puffy (although, the puffiness seems like it has found a permanent place in my feet), they were bruised on the inside once again.
What the heck is going on??
When I saw my doctor a few weeks back my biggest concern was the bruising and hers was the swelling. I’m wondering now if she’d be more concerned with the bruising.
My ankles feel splintery; like shards of bone are being pulled away on the inside. I can feel my bones clanking together where my leg meets the top of my foot.
And so, it looks like running will have to be put on hold once again. My BFF -slash – running buddy and I have a race weekend away planned for this upcoming weekend but it looks, too, like that is out of the question.
I am devastated by all of this. Running is so important to me. It’s something I have done, albeit off and on, for so long and to not be able to do it not only makes me sad but also terrifies me. I’m not certain of the damage, if any, that is being done inside my legs and feet, and I know that I have to heal, but I feel defeated by not being able to pursue something that I have loved for so long. At least for the time being.
So for now I make the choice to sit this one out – that may include this whole season, or just this race. I don’t want to push myself to the point that I’m damaged goods for life. Although it pains me, I need to be sensible and do what’s right for my body in order to keep it in its best form for as long as I can.
In a few weeks’ time I will attempt another mile and see how it goes. I’m looking forward to getting back on the road again.